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LAPD identifies suspect in fatal Silver Lake scooter crash

Video of vehicle involved in Silver Lake hit-and-run crash

Video of vehicle involved in Silver Lake hit-and-run crash

Silver Lake   — Police today identified a 33-year-old suspect believed to be involved in the hit-and-run crash in September that claimed the life of a man riding a motorized scooter.

Roberto A. Garcia-Martinez, who lives in the Echo Park area, has been booked on an unrelated warrant, and his bail was set at $10,000, according to LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives. The case will presented to the L.A. County District Attorney next week, police said.

Detectives are crediting anonymous tipsters for information that lead to the recovery of the suspected vehicle and key vehicle parts in an auto body shop in Hemet, police said.

The hit-and-run crash between a car and a motorized scooter took place on the evening of September 4 near the intersection of Glendale Boulevard and Waverly Drive. 

Esdras Velazquez, 35, who was riding the scooter with another man, died a few days after the crash from his injuries.

A surveillance video released by police shows the suspect’s vehicle at the corner of Glendale and and Rowena Avenue near the crash scene. The vehicle stopped and went into reverse to dislodge the bike caught under the vehicle, detectives said. The vehicle then drove forward and turned westbound on Glendale.

Edras was a father of two and laid tile to earn a living, family members told KABC 7.

Police are urging the woman who was a passenger in the suspect’s vehicle to come forward to assist with the ongoing investigation.

 

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6 comments

  1. I sure would like to know how they found the car way out in Hemet! Who was even looking out there?! How did they have any idea to look out there?

    Hmm,maybe they already had identified him as the suspect, and then learned the car was in for repairs at that place. But the way the story is written, it sounds like finding the car is how they identified him as the suspect.

    I’m wondering if they have what they need to prosecute him, since they have not even booked him in connection with this offense. Perhaps they have identified the car but can’t show whether he was the one in it for this crash; perhaps he isn’t the one who did this but the car is the right car. After all, if he lives in Echo Park, maybe he had lent the car to someone who lives in Hemet.

    • If a car is taken in to a body shop for repairs, and the damage looks suspicious, the garage will check to see if they have any bulletins about certain types of accidents, descriptions of cars, et al. Alternatively, they can just check directly with the police.

      It’s also possible that someone who knew the suspect and of the accident decided to contact the police. I’m just glad that they got the alleged perpetrator.

    • “Detectives are crediting anonymous tipsters for information that lead to the recovery of the suspected vehicle and key vehicle parts in an auto body shop in Hemet, police said.”

  2. isn’t the female passenger also liable in some way?

    • Aiding and abetting at the very least, I’d imagine.

    • Yes, if she doesn’t come forward, she’s likely to be charged with aiding and abetting. But most of the time, they’ll just want to scare the hell out of a witness/abettor, in order to get more details on the crime. They really want the driver most of all.

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